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Press Release 02_2019

Pisco (Peru) – Just over 80 km of special with medium-height dunes and passages between oued began the 41st edition of the Dakar rally that kicked off this morning, January 7th, from the capital Lima to reach Pisco, a town facing on the Pacific Ocean. A stage of 331 km total  (247 of liason) that allowed competitors to enter into the heart of the most famous motoring adventure in the world that this year takes place entirely in the territory of Peru with 10 stages and 5 thousand km (3 thousand of SS).

With the official colors of CST Tires, the French Eric Abel and Christian Manez (#341) have crossed the milestone of the first special of Dakar 2019 with a time of 1h20’09 »:  » It was a fun workout in view of the stages more challenging that will start in the coming days – explains Christian Manez – In the 84 km of this first special we faced dunes of medium height, oued with sand and stony bottom and finally a cord of dunes that led us up to the finish line ».

After winning second place at last year’s Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Polish driver Maciej Domzala, sailed by fellow countryman Rafal Marton, brought the Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo    #376 at the end of this special race by taking a time of 1h39’29 ». For Maciej, today’s special stage was a good test to become familiar with Polaris.

The debut in the Dakar of the Mexican Santiago Garcia Creel, sailed by the Polish Szymon Gospodarczyk, saw the Polaris RZR #362 pilot win the second best time for the French team of Gorrevod with 1h34’02 »: “I had a lot of fun riding sand and this special was a good test to start the Dakar – comments Santiago – The dunes of today have not been difficult but surely from tomorrow the games will get tougher « .

Good test finally for the French crew #359 composed by Ronald Basso and Julien Menard who concluded the SS in 1h37’18 », late at the finish line because of a puncture that unfortunately made him lose about ten minutes.

Just over 1h54′ of time for Marco Piana, sailed by the Swiss Steven Griener, to finish the 84 km of today’s special stage, always remaining available as a quick assistance for the 4 Polaris RZR.

For tomorrow, January 8, the path of the Dakar 2019 provides 211 km of liason and 342 of special: the crews will leave from Pisco to reach San Juan de Marcona. Starting first among the ranks of Xtreme + will be Abel/Manez at 6:40 followed by Creel/Gospodarczyk at 6:56 and by Basso/Menard at 6:58. To conclude the order of departure of the French team, Domzala (7:00) and the team manager Piana (7:08:30).

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Press Release 01_2019

Lima (Peru) – The official opening ceremony of the 41st edition of the rally Dakar took place today, January 6th, in Magdalena del Mar, Lima, the same place that will see the end of the race on the 17th, after 10 stages and 5 thousand km of which 3000 of special.

After the technical and administrative checks of the past few days, the Xtreme+ crews have taken off at the wheel of the performing Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo prepared in the French workshops of Gorrevod. Official bearer of CST Tires, the French Eric Abel and Christian Manez (#341) will take to the track tomorrow for their first participation in the most famous rally in the world: the two friends, who have a long history of participation in rally-raids, support also the Leo Association that is dedicated to small patients with myelomas.

From Poland, Maciej Domzala with Rafal Marton, on Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo #376, will be at the start of his second race after the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge of 2018 in which he won the second overall finish. The goal of the Polish driver is to cross the finish line of this edition of the Dakar alongside a co-pilot who boasts ten rally races as well as Cross Country championships in Poland and Europe.

Debut in the Dakar also for the Mexican Santiago Garcia Creel in the race with the Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo #362: to sail the winner of prestigious competitions including Baja 1000, Baja 500 and San Felipe 250 there will be the Polish Szymon Gospodarczyk.

With the number #359 the Dakar 2019 will see Ronald Basso paired with Julien Menard. Both French, they competed together with the Merzouga Rally, the Baja Portalegre 500 and the Dakar rally in the car category. Third on Polaris RZR at Merzouga 2017, they will face this new challenge with the colors of the French Xtreme+ Team.

Finally, the Xtreme Plus Team Manager, Marco Piana, will take to the track with the Toyota Land Cruiser #380 as a quick assistance to Polaris crews. At his side, the Swiss co-driver Steven Griener.

To make the Dakar adventure possible, Xtreme Plus pilots and co-pilots will have a strong team of mechanics available for a total of 5 support vehicles (2 Man 4×4, 1 Renault Mascot, 1 Renault Kerax and 1 Ford 150 press car) available from bivouac to bivouac in addition to the fast assistance vehicle engaged in the race.

Tomorrow, January 7th, the Dakar 2019 will start with the first stage that from Lima will head to Pisco for a total of 331 km of which 247 of liason and 84 of special: the route will accompany the crews from the capital of Peru to the nice town overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the region of Ica.

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Press Release 12_2018

With the victory at the Baja Portalegre 500, Peña Campo & Tornabell Cordoba win the T3 title in the FIA 2018 World Cup. Gonzalez/Minaudier and Knight/Watson complete the podium of the last round of the World Cup.

Portalegre – Portugal (October 27th) – Xtreme+ is world champion of T3. The Spanish crew José Luis Peña Campo and Rafael Tornabell Cordoba, on Polaris RZR 1000, won the podium of the Baja Portalegre 500, the last stage of the FIA 2018 World Cup Cross Country Rally, thus winning the overall title of T3.

That on the Portuguese tracks has been an exciting challenge between Polaris and Yamaha with Peña Campo and his rival Santiago Navarro protagonists of an excellent motor season. For the first time since the launch of the World Cup in the T3 category, the fate of the championship was decided in the last special stage of the final leg in Portugal, rewarding the grit and determination of Xtreme+ with an important world title, the fifth after those achieved in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

« It was not easy at all but for this reason the satisfaction is even greater – explains the team manager Marco Piana The 18 minutes that Navarro had on Peña Campo have been deleted in

the SS4 when the Yamaha rider got caught up against a tree. With a great tension, José Luis has been able to conclude perfectly the special stage without taking any risk, cutting the finish line first and thus conquering the world title of T3. A nice victory made possible by the collaboration of the whole team, from mechanics to drivers of assistance vehicles up to those who work from the headquarters in France: thanks to Sylvain, Renato, Gilles, Freddo, Enzo, Alexis, Jesus, Cédric, Manu, Alain and all other boys. To Ana for taking care of the logistics and organization, indispensable help for Xtreme+. A big thanks to everyone. Here, this is one of those victories that I like more because it is the success of a team that puts heart and soul … « .

After a long sports season – 2018 has seen 11 races taking place in 11 countries and 3 different continents – Peña Campo and Tornabell Cordoba are the first Spaniards to become Cross Country World Champions in the T3 category (only compatriot Carlos Sainz had won the title absolute in the past). « I really do not know what to say, I have no words – explains an excited José Luis – It is a triumph dedicated to Rafa because without his help and his professionalism we would never have achieved this goal; to the whole Xtreme+ Team that made Polaris perfect at every race; to Marco Piana who believed in me; to my wife Balby and my family and of course to the sponsors for their precious help « .

If the Spanish crew has reported a brilliant result, the other two Polaris RZR 1000 competing at the Baja Portalegre 500 have certainly not been outdone. Vincent Gonzalez, sailed by Loic Minaudier, has crossed the finish line in the Portuguese leg finishing second and winning the third overall podium in the T3 World Cup. This season, the Swiss driver has not only shown  he has excellent driver skills but also proved to be « the » perfect team-mate helping Peña Campo in his race to conquer the world title. Without forgetting that it was Gonzalez who helped Navarro when he and his Yamaha had a problem in the SS4.

This 32nd edition of the Baja Portalegre 500 finally saw another crew of Xtreme+ win the podium: the British Graham Knight and David Watson were indeed classified third behind team-mates Peña Campo and Gonzalez. At the wheel of their Razor 1000 in some legs of 2018 to gain more confidence with the vehicle, Graham and David were just as essential to the victory of the Spanish rider and the whole team for the joy and good humor always brought with them.

Upcoming races? « After this great victory we are now preparing for the Dakar in Peru where Xtreme+ will be present with some crews – says Marco Piana, in the race at the Baja Portalegre 500 with Sébastien Delaunay We will do our best: on the other hand, after an unforgettable year like this it can be done differently! ».

Xtreme+ thanks for the valuable support: Polaris Europe and France with Manu Péan and Rodrigo Lourenco for the supply of original spare parts; CST for extremely performing and robust tires that have allowed excellent results on all types of terrain; Motul for lubricating products; Galfer with disks and pads for safe braking; Reiger Suspensions, with Henk Helleger, for the essential assistance in the set-up; Kutvek Kitgraphik for the realization of the Polaris graphics; Rouge Fusion for the supply of customized competition exhausts; Lortec for engine tuning; Alves Turin (Italy), with Gabriele, Ezio and Sandro, for the construction of the frames and the development of the Polaris 1000; Maxiracing Component of Turin (Italy) with Elvio for the accessories in fiber, carbon and kevlar.

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Press Release 11_2018

A strong storm hit the first day of the Baja Portalegre making many tracks unworkable.

After the first two SS, Peña Campo & Tornabell Cordoba are fourth in the absolute provisional. Tomorrow two long special stages will decide the winner of the T3 World Cup.

Portalegre – Portugal (October 26th) – It was the rain the main protagonist of this first day of the Baja Portalegre 500: the bad weather made the race tracks in Alto Alentejo even more demanding than expected for the crews at the start of this last stage of the 2018 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

After the fourth time achieved in the prologue and the same at the SS2 « Avis-Portalegre », the Spaniards José Luis Peña Campo and Rafael Tornabell Cordoba, on Polaris RZR 1000 (#613), are now about 8 minutes from the provisional leader Santiago Navarro. « Today’s track was very fast and we did well up to the last 20 km when, due to the heavy rain, the terrain becamealmost impractical, causing us to lose almost 8 minutes – comments Peña Campo – For tomorrow there is no water and it should be better even if there are scheduled two long special stages with very little assistance. We will certainly do our best!”.

Authors of an excellent race, Marco Piana and Sébastien Delaunay, have conquered the

third best time in the prologue by cutting the finish line in just under 4’58 » and taking the Polaris on the second step of the SS2 podium. Unfortunately, also due to the heavy rainstorm, a mistake a few kilometers from the end made the crew #649 of Xtreme+ run off-track, thus losing precious time to get back on track. To separate Piana from Navarro, after the first two SS, however, are only 3’36”.

After recording the fifth time in the prologue concluded in 5’08 », Vincent Gonzalez, sailed by the French Loic Minaudier, has faced the second special of this edition of the Baja Portalegre 500 bringing the Razor to third place in the ranking, result that sees him now third of the provisional absolute.

Despite the great difficulties in crossing a swollen water course due to the heavy rains, Graham Knight and David Watson managed to complete the special and tomorrow they will leave again for the last day of the Baja Portalegre.

Saturday, October 27th, the crews will be engaged in two special stages, one of 191,75 km and the other of 211,75 km: at the end of these 400 km you will know the name of the winner of the World Cup title of T3.

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Press Release 10_2018

« An incredible dream »: Peña Campo & Tornabell Cordoba at the Baja Portalegre to win the T3 title of the 2018 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup.

Portalegre – Portugal (October 25th) – After the technical checks and the shakedown on the tracks around the Portuguese town of the Alto Alentejo, the Baja Portalegre, last stage of the 2018 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup, officially kicked off its 32nd edition organized by  the Automóvel Club de Portugal with the starting podium hosted at the Jardim do Tarro.

In the historical center of Portalegre, the four Xtreme Plus crews were welcomed by the Portuguese public, starting from the Spanish José Luis Peña Campo and Rafael Tornabell Cordoba, on the Polaris RZR 1000 (#613), currently at the top of the T3 ranking with 4 points of advantage on the opponent Santiago Navarro: « At the beginning the idea was to participate in the World Cup to do some tests and have fun but after the first races we realized that it could be more than just fun – commented José Luis – After eight consecutive podiums, with three first places and five seconds, and after overcoming the difficulties on the endless dunes of Morocco, it has become an incredible dream. It will not be easy but we will believe in it until the end. Our goal is to win the title of T3 … « .

The Swiss Vincent Gonzalez, sailed by Frenchman Loic Minaudier, on Polaris #617 and the

British Graham Knight and David Watson (#621) keep the colors of the French team of Gorrevod high. Finally, to support Peña Campo/Tornabell Cordoba, Marco Piana, team manager and driver, with co-driver Sébastien Delaunay, driving another Polaris RZR 1000.

The Baja Portalegre will enter live tomorrow, October 26th, with the first special stages that will continue on Saturday 27th and then finish with a podium and an award ceremony.

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Press Release 9_2018

Peña Campo/Tornabell Cordoba will be at the race to defend the current leadership of T3. Between Xtreme+ crews: Gonzalez/Minaudier, Knight/Watson and Piana/Delaunay. Start on October 25th in the small town of Portalegre.

Gorrevod – France (October 23rd) – After the excellent results achieved at the Rallye du Maroc in early October, Xtreme+ will be engaged to face the Portuguese routes of the Baja Portalegre 500 where the Spanish José Luis Peña Campo will try to win the T3 World Cup at the wheel of his Polaris RZR 1000.

Organized by José Megre (the first edition dates back to 1987), this cross country rally race will see four crews of Xtreme Plus Team at the start of the 32nd edition.

With the number #613, the Spanish Peña Campo and Tornabell Cordoba, currently leaders of the T3 ranking with 4 points ahead of Santiago Navarro: excellent protagonists of the 2018 motorsport season with first and second placements in all the races, driver and co-driver will do the impossible to maintain the leadership of the T3 Championship. The challenge with the compatriot Navarro, on Yamaha, promises to be exciting ever since the first kilometers of the baja.

Arriving from the third place in T3 overall ranking at the Rallye du Maroc, Vincent Gonzalez will be present at the start of the Portuguese race, sailed on this occasion by the French Loic Minaudier; their Polaris #617 will also be a valid support for Peña Campo as already in the race held in Morocco. A the baja to gain more confidence with the Razor 1000 but also to

« have fun » on the charming tracks around the town of Portalegre, in the Alto Alentejo, the British Graham Knight and David Watson (#621) that in Morocco have crossed the line of their first real motorsport competition.

The team manager Marco Piana, with the co-driver Sébastien Delaunay, will complete the Xtreme+ lineup presenting himself at the start of the Baja Portalegre 500 with a Polaris RZR 1000 and the race number #649. Objective: to support the Spanish José Luis.

« The race in Portugal will be the most exciting challenge of the season considering that between the first and the second classified of the provisional general of T3 (Peña Campo and Santiago Navarro) there are only 4 points – comments Piana – Our crew will make its best to conquer the important title and the other Xtreme+ crews will give their precious help. On the tracks of Portugal, the tires will surely make the difference: the CST covers that equip our vehicles have always shown to be strong and reliability, making the Polaris riding more comfortable and performing « .

Program Baja Portalegre 500:

October 25th: Technical and administrative checks – Departure ceremony (Jardim do Tarro/ Portalegre)

October 26th: special stages

October 27th: special stages – Podium and award ceremony

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Press Release 8_2018

The Spanish Peña Campos wins the 2nd absolute placement in T3 at the Rallye du Maroc and retains the leadership in the World Cup. Gonzalez and Knight finish third and fourth (always in T3) while the Mexican Garza Rios is placed 11th among the SSV. Next race: the Baja Portalegre, in Portugal, from October 25th to 27th.

Fès, Morocco (October 9th) – Xtreme+ concludes the Rallye du Maroc with a second, third and fourth place in T3: after 5 stages, including 3 boucles at Erfoud, and 2.051 km between liaison and special stages, the Spanish Peña Campos wins the silver medal in the category T3 maintaining the provisional command of the World Cup. But the excellent result achieved by Marco Piana’s team also saw the other two crews registered in T3 on the podium (Gonzalez) and in the top five (Knight).

Once again to win the best time in T3 for the French team of Gorrevod was José Luis Peña Campos, on Polaris RZR 1000: the Spanish rider, sailed by Rafael Tornabell Cordoba, crossed the finish line of the fifth and final stage of the Rallye du Maroc in 3h33’12 », a time that allowed him to conquer the 12th place in the overall and the 2nd step of the T3 category. « Unfortunately the last stage of the rally was not very lucky for the Spanish crew because of a physical discomfort that created some problems to Rafael again – explains the team manager Marco Piana – A wrong note made them end up by a oued overturning their Polaris: to help them put the vehicle back on its wheels was Santiago Navarro (winner of the race in T3) to which go all our thanks because he showed great sportiness losing valuable time for his result and knowing that behind Peña Campos the teammate Vincent Gonzalez would have stopped to provide assistance to him ».

Twentieth in the stage from Erfoud to Fès, after 128 km of sand and fast tracks and a last sector of 70 km in the direction of the Atlas massif, Vincent Gonzalez and Stephane Duple (Polaris #362) concluded their participation in this edition of the rally organized by David Castera with a time of 3h33’55 » winning the third absolute placement in T3 just behind Peña Campos.

Graham Knight and David Watson, on Polaris RZR 1000 #363, were classified fourth, again of T3: despite some difficulties in navigation, the British driver and co-driver were the protagonists of a good race proving to have grit and determination by cutting the final goal of their first real motorsport competition.

The Toyota KDJ120 of Marco Piana and Steven Griener, in the race to provide fast assistance to the other crews of the team, stopped the clock of the 5^ special in 3h49’38 » placing finally 18° in the overall of the rally.

Among the SSV ranks, Santiago Creel Garza Rios, sailed by the Polish Szymon

Gospodarczyk, on the Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo, won the fifth place finish in 3h16’06 »: the adventure of the #202 crewman of Xtreme+ ended with an eleventh absolute placement. Despite some initial problems due to driving a bit ‘wild, already in the last special Garza Rios managed to contain his impulsiveness showing that he can make good results.

Returning from Morocco, the mechanics of Xtreme+ will be at work in the French ateliers near Mâcon for maintenance work at Polaris in view of the next engagement that will see the crews at the start of the Baja Portalegre, scheduled from October 25th to 27th in Portugal.

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Press Release 6_2018

World Cup leader T3 Peña Campos won the best time for Xtreme+ in this third stage of the Rallye du Maroc with a few minutes ahead of teammate Gonzalez. Tenth place for Garza Rios in the reserved “marathon” for the SSV.

Erfoud, Morocco (October 7th) – Dunes and sand as far as the eye can see for this third day of the Rallye du Maroc that saw the crews at the start engaged in a selective sector of 329 km for cars and 281 for crews in the SSV/motorbike/quad category. Today’s special has been characterized by a mélange of fast tracks with crossings of sandy stretches and a lot of navigation.

Current leader of T3 World Cup José Luis Peña Campos, sailed by Rafael Tornabell Cordoba, made the best time in this difficult stage Erfoud/Erfoud: the Spanish driver has faced the special ending in 5h08’23 » with a few minutes advantage over teammate Vincent Gonzalez (both on Polaris RZR 1000) that, thanks to the result obtained, is currently sixteenth in the absolute provisional with a total time of 13h56’57 ». Peña Campos is 17th with a gap of just over half an hour from the French driver of the Polaris #362.

Some mechanical problems, unfortunately, for the British Graham Knight and David Watson late at the finish line of this third day of the Rallye du Maroc: their Polaris RZR 1000 #363 reached the bivouac only in the evening. At the finish in 6h45’13 » the Toyota KDJ120 of Marco Piana and Steven Griener, in the 22nd place of the provisional general: the #365 crew led by the team manager of Xtreme+ is in the race as fast assistance for the other crews of the French racing team.

Good manche for Santiago Creel Garza Rios, paired with the co-driver Szymon Gospodarczyk, among the ranks of the SSV category with the colors of Xtreme+: the Mexican-Polish crew, protagonist of today’s marathon stage (reserved for SSV/moto/quad) has cut the finish in 7h16’32 » conquering the tenth position. The provisional overall ranking now sees him at the 12th place with a total time of 24h14’27 « .

Fourth stage with return in the direction of Erfoud for Monday October 8th: the penultimate round of this edition of the rally still provides much navigation, sand and dune crossings in various sections of the selective sector of 342 km (294 for the SSV) to which are added 23 km of liaison for cars and 7 for SSV.

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